The number of people out of work and claiming unemployment benefit in the West Country has fallen.
Unemployment is down again but where are the new jobs and do they help the long term unemployed get back into work?
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics shows unemployment fell by 5,000 in the South West between March and May this year
Average earnings increased by 2.1% in the year to June, 0.3% up on the previous month.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 29,200 to 1.4 million, the Office for National Statistics said.
Unemployment fell by 4,000 between April and June to 2.51 million, official figures showed.
UK unemployment figures from the Office for National Statistics from November 2012 to May 2013, were as follows:
- Unemployment fell by 57,000 to 2.51 million between March and May.
- It increased by 15,000 between January and March to 2.52 million. But the figures were down 92,000 from the previous year.
- Unemployment increased by 7,000 between November and January to 2.52 million.
– Employment Minister Mark Hoban
Our welfare reform agenda is about making a fair and affordable system that incentivises work: giving people the support they need to get off benefits and into a job.
Today's figures are encouraging, with the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance down and the number of people in work increasing.
– Employment Minister Mark Hoban
The fall in the number of people claiming out-of-work benefits, together with the news that there are currently over half a million vacancies available in the UK economy, show that there are opportunities out there for those who are prepared to work hard, and who aspire to get on in life.
Unemployment in the South West has gone down according to figures released today.
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) says a total of 156,000 people are unemployed in the region - 11,000 less than the last quarter. The rate of unemployment in the region is now 5.8%.
Nationally, long-term unemployment has increased to a 17-year high, despite another fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.
The Conservative MP Mark Hoban is Minister for Employment. He told ITV News West Country that the South West economy is diverse:
– Neil Carberry, Director of Employment and Skills, CBI
Given the challenging economic conditions at the end of last year, it's unsurprising that we're now seeing fewer people in work. What's encouraging, however, is that economic conditions seem to be improving and that full-time jobs are still being created. With these figures showing the highest number of vacancies since 2008, this reflects businesses' more positive view of the year ahead."
– Frances O'Grady, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress
These jobs figures are troubling. There are now more people out of work today than when the coalition took office three years ago. Those in work are taking a hammering in their pay packets with wage growth down to just 0.4%, while prices rise far more quickly. It's no wonder the economy is struggling when people in work are getting poorer every month."
– Martin Beck, UK Economist, Capital Economics
Following recent positive news on the economy, today's UK labour market data provides something of a reality check. At least there was one piece of good news, with unemployment on the claimant count measure seeing a further drop in April, down by 7,300."